Facebook Juices the Nasdaq: Tuesday’s IP Market Recap

by Marc Bastow | July 30, 2013 5:19 pm

InvestorPlace Market Recap[1]Investors had two major pieces of news to gnaw on early Tuesday: The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Index rose 12.2% in May[2], marking the highest year-over-year gain since 2006, and a foreign potash player caused a stir in the industry to knock around some of the business’ biggest names.

The Nasdaq rallied ahead on a technology surge — led by Facebook (FB[3]), which rose more than 6% and was just pennies from its IPO price of $38 during intraday trading — rising 0.48% to close at 3616.47.

Meanwhile, the S&P 500 managed to hang on to a 0.4% gain, closing at 1685.96. The Dow Jones Industrial Average wasn’t as fortunate, closing down fractionally at 15520.59.

An announcement from Russian fertilizer Uralkali — in which the company said it would keep production at full steam despite predicting a major drop in potash prices — crushed industry stocks including Mosaic (MOS[4], -17.3%) and Potash Corp. (POT[5], -16.5%) and also took a bite out of Agrium (AGU[6], -5.4%).

Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT[7]) jumped ahead nearly 9% after reporting record Q2 earnings of $181 million, which doubled the year-ago period’s results, and adjusted EPS of 76 cents easily hurdled a 48-cent bar. The result came despite sales that declined 5% to $4.89 billion.

Pitney Bowes (PBI[8]) surged ahead by more than 12% to lead the S&P 500 after announcing Apollo Global Management (APO[9]) will purchase its management services business for $400 million, as well as topping second-quarter earnings estimates by 8 cents with 52 cents in EPS. However, Pitney Bowes did lower full-year 2013 earnings guidance.

Cisco (CSCO[10]) inched up after as Piper Jaffray lifted its target price from $28 to $29 per share while maintaining an “overweight” rating. CSCO will release fourth-quarter and full-year results on Aug. 14.

Solar products and services company SunPower (SPWR[11]) also got the benefit of an upgrade, rising 7% as Baird raised its target price from $24 to $33 per share. Sectormates First Solar (FSLR[12]) and Suntech Power (STP[13]) both rose nearly 3% on the day.

Notable earnings releases for Wednesday include Comcast (CMCSA[14]), MasterCard (MA[15]) and Whole Foods (WFM[16]).

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Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/IPMarketRecap.gif
  2. rose 12.2% in May: http://investorplace.com/2013/07/u-s-home-prices-jump-most-in-6-years/
  3. FB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FB
  4. MOS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MOS
  5. POT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=POT
  6. AGU: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AGU
  7. GT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GT
  8. PBI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PBI
  9. APO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=APO
  10. CSCO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CSCO
  11. SPWR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SPWR
  12. FSLR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FSLR
  13. STP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=STP
  14. CMCSA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CMCSA
  15. MA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MC
  16. WFM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WFM
  17. RRD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RDD
  18. OSK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=OSK
  19. HRS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HRS
  20. HMA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HMA
  21. COH: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=COH
  22. SAVE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SAVE

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